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Happy Birthday, Abby! Here’s Looking At You.

Absecon Lighthouse officially turned 159 years old on yesterday, January 15.  The lighthouse was first lit on January 15, 1857.

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Above: Absecon Lighthouse’s fourth-order fresnel lens.  September 20, 2014.

Affectionately known as Abby, it is the tallest lighthouse in the Garden State of New Jersey, and the third tallest lighthouse in the United States.

I have a special affinity for Absecon, as it is the first lighthouse I ever visited and climbed. It is the place I spent my birthday for two years in a row, and hope to celebrate more birthdays there.

Above: Video of Absecon Lighthouse on September 20, 2014.

When you reach the top of Abby’s 228 steps, you receive a I Saw The Light card from the volunteer light keeper on duty.  Below are my cards from September 20, 2013 and 2014.



Happy Birthday, Abby!  159 years never looked so good.

May you keep shining brightly.


My view of Absecon Lighthouse at night on September 19, 2013.

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Inside Drum Point Lighthouse

This Flash Back Friday #FBF post is dedicated to YOU, Drum Point Lighthouse!

When I visted Drun Point Lighthouse in September 2014, the tour guide explained that it was one of the few remaining screw pile, cottage style lighthouses in Maryland.

As we toured the inside of the lighthouse, I was enthralled by the replicas of the kitchen and dining areas, as well as children and adult bedrooms. I had a sense of how lighthouse families of past,  actually lived and set up home at Drum Point.

Above : The kitchen and dining areas inside Drum Point Lighthouse.

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Above: The comforts of home inside Drum Point that give you a sense of how lighthouse families lived there.

I was also intrigued by a wall containing a plaque in tribute to Anna Weems Ewalt, who was born in the lighthouse on July 13, 1906.

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If you’ve ever wondered how families lived inside a lighthouse, satisfy that curiosity and visit Drum Point Lighthouse in Solomons, Maryland!